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Treatments (OTC) for Prevention and Treatment of Sneezing due to Common Cold in Adults

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Antihistamine and analgesic combination (OTC)


Helpful

Common Cold treatment in Adults with cold

EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 3 studies with 1,508 adults
EFFECTIVENESS | EFFECTIVE for fever, general discomfort, pains and sneezing
SAFETY | PROBABLY SAFE
Treatment with Antihistamine and Analgesic OTC combination. 3 valid studies conducted, with 1,508 participants. Reduces fever, pain and perhaps sneezing, and improves general feeling (but does not seem to reduce cough, runny nose, and stuffy nose). Side effects seem minor, when sticking to recommended dosage.

Antihistamine and decongestant combination (OTC)


Insignificant

Common Cold treatment in Adults with cold

EVIDENCE | REASONABLY TESTED - 12 studies with 1,239 adults
EFFECTIVENESS | MILD BENEFITS for cough, general discomfort, runny nose, sneezing and stuffy nose
SAFETY | PROBABLY SAFE
Treatment with antihistamine and decongestant combination (e.g. triprolidine and pseudoephedrine). 12 valid studies conducted, with 1,239 individuals. Improves general feeling and may slightly reduce sneezing, cough, runny nose and stuffy nose . Side effects seem minor, and include dry mouth, insomnia and constipation.

NSAIDs (OTC)


Mixed

Common Cold treatment in Adults with cold

EVIDENCE | REASONABLY TESTED - 9 studies with 1,069 adults
EFFECTIVENESS | EFFECTIVE for fever, pains and sneezing
SAFETY | DANGEROUS
Treatment with NSAIDs (e.g. Aspirin, Ibuprofen). 9 valid studies conducted, with 1,069 individuals. Reduces fever, pain and sneezing (but does not seem to reduce cough and runny nose) . Side effects seem minor, but long periods of usage may increase chances to heart attacks and strokes.

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Common cold, also known simply as a cold, is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that primarily affects the nose. The throat, sinuses, and voice box may also be affected. Signs and symptoms may begin less than two days following exposure. They include coughing, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, headache, and fever. People usually recover in seven to ten days. Some symptoms may last up to three weeks. In those with other health problems, pneumonia may occasionally develop. (source)
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